I wanted to write this down before I forgot it.
Lentil soup can be super bland and boring but this one is really good!
- 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3 Medium Carrots, Diced
- 1 small Onion, Minced
- 2 Stalks Celery, Diced
- 2 Potatoes, Peeled and Diced
- 2 small Zucchini, Sliced
- 1 Tomato, Diced
- 1 cup Dried Lentils, Rinsed
- 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 1 tbs. Dried Dill
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 5 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1. Put olive oil in stockpot over medium-high heat. Once heated, add all veggies except garlic. Stir for a few minutes. Add lentils, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper and cook a few more minutes until fragrant.
2. Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 40-50 minutes until lentils are tender.
I used to always just steam broccoli. Then one day someone suggested I roast it. Whaaaaaaat? Ok. With some olive oil and some garlic. Sounds good, right? But once I got started doing it differently, I couldn’t stop, so I also added some herbs, chili paste, and soy sauce. OMG so good.
So, how do you make it, exactly?
I use frozen broccoli, put it into a baking dish, coat it with olive oil (I like a LOT of olive oil), add one or two cloves of chopped garlic, a sprinkle of my favorite herb blend, a teaspoon of chili paste, and a tablespoon of soy sauce. I roast it in a 400 degree oven for 20- 30 minutes. I like it crispy and roasty, you can cook it shorter or longer depending on how you like it.
You may never make broccoli any other way after this!
Well, besides the fact that you’re supporting local farmers and not Big Ag when you get food there, it’s fun, the people selling are nice and helpful and friendly- and everything tastes so much better!
If you’re new to Farmer’s Markets, or are intimidated or overwhelmed, the three things you should start with are tomatoes, corn, and peaches. You will never find tastier tomatoes, corn, and peaches anywhere unless you grow them yourself. Not even Whole Foods has better ones.
That’s it, now go, you only have a few weeks left.
Mmmmmmmm, Autumn! Pumpkins, cinnamon, oranges and yellows. And APPLES! So many apples. What to do with them all? Especially if you have some that aren’t as crisp and juicy as you’d like for eating? Make applesauce! Applesauce is suuuuuper easy to make. Just take 5 or more apples, peel them, slice them into bite-sized pieces, put them in a saucepan with a little bit of water, sugar, and cinnamon (optional). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and mash them up with the back of the spoon or a potato masher. Let it cool, then transfer it to a jar- it will keep for about a week. I put it into oatmeal in the morning. Yum! What do you do with applesauce besides eat it plain?
You can have homemade applesauce in 20 minutes
Well, by themselves eggs can be sort of boring if you eat them a lot. But if you change up the sides, you won’t get tired of them. Think about different salads, maybe some hummus or other dips, roasted potatoes are always good and eggs with asparagus is a classic.
Here are some ideas for delicious sides.
Simple Caprese Salad
A fancy caprese with bacon (not meatless monday!)
A bunch of variations on caprese salad
White bean dip
Black bean dip
Asparagus with brown butter and parmesan